Insurance Journal » obesity http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:51:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Report: Obesity Moniker to Impact California Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/08/301252.htm Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301252 The recognition of obesity as a disease may have a significant impact on workers’ compensation claims in California, a group said in a report on Thursday. The group issued the report following a decision in June by the American Medical …

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North Carolina May Shield Firms from Obesity Lawsuits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/07/11/298140.htm Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:57:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298140 North Carolina companies that manufacture, advertise or distribute food could soon have additional legal protections from lawsuits by people claiming their products led to their obesity. The House voted 99-16 this week in favor of minor Senate changes to legislation …

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States Ranked by Obesity Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/08/15/259389.htm Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:25:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=259389 In 2011, rates of adult obesity in the U.S. remained high, with state estimates ranging from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi, according to the Centers for Disease Control based on 2011 data. No state had a …

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As America’s Waistline Expands, Costs Soar http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/04/30/245202.htm Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:27:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=245202 U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning …

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Obesity Now Accounts for 21% of Healthcare Costs: Study http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/04/10/242749.htm Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:43:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=242749 Obesity now accounts for almost 21 percent of U.S. healthcare costs — more than twice some previous estimates, reports a new Cornell University study. An obese person incurs medical costs that are $2,741 higher (in 2005 dollars) than if they …

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Company Health Plans Raising Costs for Smokers, Obese http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/10/31/222111.htm Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:00:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=222111 Like a lot of companies, Veridian Credit Union wants its employees to be healthier. In January, the Waterloo, Iowa-company rolled out a wellness program and voluntary screenings. It also gave workers a mandate: quit smoking, curb obesity, or you’ll be …

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Soda Makers Fight Back Against Obesity Claims: Reuters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/07/20/207171.htm Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:59:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=207171 U.S. public awareness campaigns about sugary soft drinks are under legal attack by beverage makers, which have sued New York City’s health department and hit local governments with requests for documents on the science behind the initiatives. Efforts to deter …

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New Jersey Court OKs Workers’ Compensation in Obesity Death Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2011/06/30/204569.htm Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:24:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=204569 The husband of an obese woman who died of a blood clot after working long hours at her home office is eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, a New Jersey appeals court ruled in a case that raised questions about …

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McDonald’s Not Smiling Over Happy Meals Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2011/04/20/195482.htm Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:32:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=195482 A lawsuit seeking to stop McDonald’s Corp. from offering toys with Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always choose not to buy the meals for their children, the hamburger giant said in a court filing late Monday. The …

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